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for the targeted killing of americans. the obama administration secrecy around the drone program is expected to be a top issue at this week's confirmation hearing of white house counterterrorism adviser john brennan to the director of the cia. brennan has been dubbed by critics to be obama's assassination czar. joining us now is jameel jaffer , deputy legal director of the aclu. you have looked at the white memo. this is something you have it asking for for quite some time. talk about its significance. go with it -- through it with us. >> it is a remarkable document and something everybody ought to read in the sand like everyone should read the torture memos from the last in ministration. it professes to set out the power the government has to carry out the targeted killings of american citizens who are located far away from any battlefield, even when they have not been charged with a crime, even when they do not present any imminent threat in any ordinary network. it is the pri's sweeping powers set out in the memo purports to provide a legal test vacation for that power and explain why the
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the number of young people injured by guns by 40 percent. >> flanked by police officers in uniform mr. obama asked the american people to press congress to take action. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. the vast majority of americans, including a majority of gun owners sport requiupport requir background checks for any one buying a gun. >> it will run into a registry of law abiding people. >> it is a fraud to call universal. it is never going to be universal. the criminals aren't going to comply with it. >> the super bowl ad for mayors against illegal guns funded in part by michael bloomberg goes after the nra for being for universal background checks before they were goiagainst the. >> i finally become convinced after fight to go get the mental records computerized for 20-years and watching the mental health lobby, the hippa laws and the ama oppose it. i don't think it's going to happen. >> a big question has been how far senate majority leader harry reid would be willing to go. read said he will move a bill in the senate but has a pro gun right vot
. president obama calling on congress to avoid cuts that could jeopardize jobs in just 23 days. >> the jobs of thousands of americans who can work in national security -- who work in national security or education or clean energy. >> reporter: under the terms of earlier deficit deals, congress will find $85 million in reductions by march 1st. if not, they would shrink pentagon spending by 7.9% and domidwesting spending by 5.3% and medicare a 2% reduction. >> i believe they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging affects of the sequester for a few more mots until congress finds a way. >> reporter: the president wants to raise more money by ending tax loopholes, but republicans want deeper entitlement cuts. >> if we're going to connect with the american people, it's important that they see not only that we're serious about solving our debt problems. >> a studdie by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs could be affected in d.c., maryland, and virginia. for months, defense contractors have pleaded for action. >> we woul
president obama has instructed us to be more open with the american people about these efforts. >> why exactly the obama administration thinks these strikes are legal. they say, let me say as simply as i can, "in full accordance with the law, the united states government conducted targeted strikes." "in full accordance with the law." we know that they do think it's legal. but they won't say why they think it's legal. the closest we have come to learning about how the obama administration justifies drone strikes is this. in the fall of 2011, "new york times" reporter charlie savage wrote this story. this is about a week after al awlaki was killed. the story describes a super secret 50-page memo written by an office within the justice department that effectively serves as the obama's administration's legal justification for why they think it's okay to kill an american citizen without a trial. now "the new york times" did not actually get to see this memo. they did not publish the memo, nor did they quote from it directly. the momentum mow was described to the reporter by anonymous source
of young people injured by guns by 40%. reporter: mr. obama asked the american people to take action. >> we do not have to agree on everything to agree that it is time to do something. the vast majority of americans, including a majority of gun owners, support requiring criminal background checks for anyone trying to purchase a gun. reporter: to the nra says it will turn into a registry of law-abiding people. >> it will never be universal. the criminals will not comply with it. they could care less. reporter: this super bowl ad, in part funded by michael bloomberg, goes after the nra for being for background checks. >> i have become convinced after fighting to get the records computerized for 20 years, watching the mental-health lobby and the ama opposing it -- i don't think it's going to happen. reporter: the big question is how far harry reid is willing to go. he has signaled he is willing to put a bill in the senate, but also has a pro-gun voting record. >> i didn't vote for assault weapons last time, but i will take a look at it. i think we need to take a look at it. federal federal tra
. >> that was president obama yesterday, urging americans to help in the fight for tougher gun laws. and later today, four lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will unveil the first bipartisan gun control legislation in the house. their bill cracks down on gun trafficking, which is part of president obama's proposal. and joining me now is democratic congresswoman, carolyn maloney of new york. she is one of the representatives holding today's news conference to announce that bill. congresswoman, it's great to see you. and explain to all of us first out of the gate, more about how this bill would work. and what you've been able to craft, how exactly do you feel it's going to cut down on gun violence? >> well, basically, thomas -- and thank you for having me on your show -- it will stop the flow of guns to criminals. for the first time, we'll have not only a bipartisan bill, but a bill that combats gun trafficking and makes it a crime. it's hard to believe, but it's not a felony now. it also increases the penalties. it is sympathetic we believe that can pass, because it will stop the flow of guns to illega
. but for an american destination, you want a unique part of this country, go down to that area. i have got to run, mary katharine and juan, thank you. good segment. next on the run down, no question president obama is is bolder now than he has ever been in setting up left wing agenda. good reason for that brit hume with analysis moments away. >> bill: impact segment tonight, president obama moving left if can you believe it. the national journal, which covers politics online, done an analysis of why president obama does not need support traditional americans any longer i told that you on election night. as you may know the president won the popular vote by about 5 million and electoral vote by 126. but the race was close up until the very last weekend when governor romney inexplicably disappeared. the truth is romney could have defeated president obama but he needed to wage aggressive campaign but he didn't. the national journal has concluded that president obama has given up, given up trying to persuade culturally conservative white americans to his cause. the journal is saying the president believes
, obama administration lawyers argue the government can kill americans believed to be top taliban leaders posing, quote, an imminent threat of attack against the united states. >> we have acknowledged the united states that sometimes we use remotely piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al qaeda terrorists to prevent attacks on the united states and to save american lives. we conduct those strikes because they're necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and save american lives. the strikes are legal, ethical an wise. >> but as expected, the memo coming under fire from civil rights activists because of how broadly imminent threat is defined. quote, the condition that an operational leader present an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states does not require the united states to have clear evidence that a specific attack on u.s. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future. now, the memo also has new details on legal case behind more drone strikes against al qaeda suspects. such as a strike
to the meltdown. >> we're now getting a peek behind the curtain into the obama administration justification for targeting an killing american citizens that it suspects of terrorism. it comes as one of the faces of the drone program prepares for his confirmation hearing to the top spot at the c.i.a. catherine herridge tells us some lawmakers are demanding answers. >> the white house press secretary was peppered with questions about the president's authority to target u.s. citizens. >> these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial. >> i would point you to the ample judicial precedent. >> this letter signed by eight democrats and three republicans urges mr. obama to produce the memos th authorizes use the drones to congress and republicans can decide whether it's subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. susan colins says fundamental principals are at stake. >> the obama administration released all these opinions from the office of legal council about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so
president obama announced the killing of american-born al qaeda leader anwar al-awlaki. he was the target of a u.s. drone strike in yemen. >> the death of al-awlaki is a major blow to al qaeda's most active operational affiliates. he took the lead in planning and directing effortings to murder innocent americans. >> reporter: u.s. officials say al-awlaki inspired the fort hood shooter in 2009 and the failed bombing of a detroit airliner that christmas among other attempted attacks. three other americans, including al-awlaki's 16-year-old son, have also been killed by u.s. drone strikes in yemen. civil liberties groups have said such attacks deprive u.s. citizens of constitutional due process protection. but white house press s.e.c. jay carney justified those actions today as legal, ethical, and wise. >> the questions around this issue are important and the president takes them seriously. we have significant challenges because of the nature of the attacks, how they're planned, who plans them. but there is no question that senior operational leaders of al qaeda are continually planning to a
an analysis of why president obama does not need support traditional americans any longer i told that you on election night. as you may know the president won the popular vote by about 5 million and electoral vote by 126. but the race was close up until the very last weekend when governor romney inexplicably disappeared. the truth is romney could have defeated president obama but he needed to wage aggressive campaign but he didn't. the national journal has concluded that president obama has given up, given up trying to persuade culturally conservative white americans to his cause. the journal is saying the president believes a coalition he he has assembled. minorities, women, young voters and hard core liberals is, quote and will allow democrats to dominate the next generation of elections. joining us from boca row tan florida, brit hume. journal have it right? >> in part, yeah. if you draw a straight line a projection forward from the 2012 election day, into the future, you get the result that the analysis in the national journal is talking about. politics rarely moves in a straight line
-- it's channelling an old fear in american culture but also a newer fear about president obama. >> up next, you've heard of the birthers, now get ready for the skeet birthers. they're the latest right wing conspiracy crowd. you can't believe this theory because you can't blaef any of them. but this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ female announcer ] going to sleep may be easy, but when you wake up in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and may be fatal. intermezzo should not be taken if you have taken another sleep medicine at bedtime or in t
policies of the obama administration, not just the secretive drone strike but using the right to use it against american citizens. this came up in 2007 when a drone strike killed awlaki and kahne, both u.s. citizens and neither charged with a crime. and we have extra judicial killings by the u.s. government without any judicial review and any right of the citizen to argue his or her case in court. these are very sticky issues. the legal basis for these strikes has been kept a secret by the obama administration. you may remember we had huge fights back in the bush era about the legal memos for enhanced interrogation tactics, the so-called torture memos. ultimately they became public. this is viewed by some as an analogy for that, secret memos upon which huge u.s. government policies, with grave consequences are being made. we got a copy of this memo, which is not the olc memo, the office of legal council memo but a white paper, 16 page white paper that mirrors and tracks it and gives us much more detail about what the legal basis for these strikes are. >> you draw a great analogy with
how we conducted ourselves against terror and the american people and important under president obama. >> george meein 2004/2005, whenn was not given access to a lawyer and i remember reading, he is an american citizen and has the right to have an american counsel according to the constitution and he should get it and that was shocking to everybody as americans. everybody reacts as a yawn, you basically have no rights if you're an american citizen overseas, if the government targets knew overseas is interesting, too, does this mean it can't be done domestically. if in fact the logic is -- this is the ultimate manifestation, the ultimate product of what we've been living with for 11 years now, which is this blending of law enforcement, the ethics and tactics of war. sn >> technology. >> and technology. i would love to know, i'm sure we will, what the debate was internally about this. i'm sure the president given his disposition and having been a constitutional law professor, must have had some thoughts about this. but it is also interestingly something, at the risk of self-pa self-pari
be harder to pass through congress. president obama said the vast majority of americans agree with the proposal. your thoughts? for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. also, on social media, or post your comment question on facebook. and you can e-mail us as well, president obama was in minneapolis yesterday talking about gun control. here is what he had to say on background checks. [video clip] >> the vast majority of americans, including gun owners, support background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun. [applause] so, right now democrats and republicans in the senate are working on a bill that would ban anyone from selling a gun legally for him -- selling a gun to anyone legally prohibited from owning one. that is common sense. there is no reason we cannot get that done. that is not a liberal or conservative idea, it is a smart idea. we want to keep the guns out of the hands of folks who should not have them. senators from both parties have come together to propose a bill that wo
, by the obama administration, now what it says the memo justifies the targeted killing of an american who is considered a senior operational leader of al qaeda or an associated group, and who poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states. want to bring in halle goran any. a controversial issue, under president bush, now president obama. the fact that the government does have the power, and the authority, to kill an american overseas that's considered a threat. and how do they define that? >> that's the question because when you say imminent, it could be imminent in a few hours, in a few weeks, saying you can target a member of al qaeda, senior operational al qaeda leader, or associated forces. how are you defining associated forces? how are you defining the word imminent? how are you defining the word threat? all of these things are things that are open to interpretation and has civil liberties groups, as well, worried about what this means as far as the u.s., executive powers authority to decide, based on kind of unclear, sometimes, terms in terms how they're defin
the super bowl. mr. obama signed a bill raising rates on higher-income americans last month but this is the first time that he's said that he doesn't intend to extend higher rates to more taxpayers. it's a change from the position that he's held for many months. >> we can't get this done unless we also ask the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on their incomes above $250,000. >> pelley: that was mr. obama before the election and he made the same points in another way eight weeks ago. >> just to be clear: i'm not going to sign any package that somehow prevents the top rate from going up for folks at the top 2%. >> pelley: but last month he signed a stopgap compromise with congress that raised taxes on families making more than $450,000 a year. as the budget negotiations continue now, we wondered whether he would return to his goal of extending higher rates to families at that $250,000 level. are you through raising tax rates? >> well, i don't think the issue right now is raising rates. the question is if we're going to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we com
cutting defense. >> we will come to the table in good faith, but, look. reality is, yeah, obama won, but we have a divided government. the american people wanted republican to stay in control of the house, it takes three to strongo in washington, -- tango in washington uthe white house, house and senate, it is not obama's way or the highway, that is the problem with docrats, you give them an inch, they take a yard, i will tell you matter of factory, we're not going to agree to more spending, it rein gone is not going to happen, you have to get your act together, have you not been able to produce a budget, not able to bridge down the deficit as you promised as president promises in his first term this run away spending that idea that you just soak the rich there ain't enough rich to soak, let's show a little bit of the report and reduce the cost of size of government. charles: politicallia, i am familiar with your thoughts and words in the past there is a large segment of democratic parties or voters who are not looking at this from a phys call point ofiscalpoint of view, buta justic
senators have written to president obama asking for the actual legal opinions themselves authorizing the killing of americans from that letter. "so that congress and the public can decide whether this authority has been properly defined and whether the president's pow twoer deliberately kill american citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguard." three members of the intelligence committee signed the letter. ron wyden, udall and susan collins. michael isikoff obtained the controversial memo that concludes the united states government can order the killing of american citizens. he broke this story on and joins me now. so, michael, this has been -- this has been a debate inside the administration for a while to ever go public with this or not. we know the president himself, when he was a candidate, was very critical of the bush administration when they were hiding legal opinions, having to do with detainees and torture and things like that. >> as were a lot of democrats. in fact, the release of the so-called torture memos was one of the democratic refrains f
american values. >> this has been one of the most secretive policies of the obama administration, the use of drones, and controversial. it's been expansive. the drone strikes have dramatically increased under president obama. >> a drone is an unmanned vehicle that goes into a place, drops a bomb, and comes back. >> and missiles attached that can be used to kill the target. now, where it gets most controversial is when you talk about american citizens, and they have acknowledged that they are using drones in select cases against american citizens, and they have outlined publicly, attorney general holder last year gave a speech outlining publicly what the legal standards were for use of drones against american citizens or lethal operations against american citizens. the significance of the memo is if you read the memo closely, it provides considerable more detail than was in holder's speech when he outlined what the legal framework was, and as you can see in some of the language you quoted, the standards are a bit more expansive and a bit more -- there's a bit more leeway for policymakers t
if they are american citizens. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tells us about the news today. >> reporter: by one count, president obama has already used unmanned cia drones to drop strike more than 300 suspected terrorist targets, even more than his predecessor. but today we learned just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill, without trial or evidence, suspected terrorists, even american citizens. a newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, "an informs, high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat." but the documents say, it, quote, does not quire the government to have clear evidence. case in point, anwar al awlaki, top al qaeda leader, linked to several terrorist attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterbo
to wait until the net cost tragedy. or more innocent americans. >> of president obama back in washington but after he left he called on congress with the specific suggestions on how you can influence the kind of battle in washington to. phil >> this just in -- arizona senator john mccain defending a controversial tweet about iranian's president. he says it was just a joke. on twitter today -- the president mahmoud ahmadinejad to a monkey. mocking his declaration that fee he would be willing to be the first iranian sent into space. mccain tweeted: "so ahmadinejad wants to be first iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" >> pam: the post included a link to an article from last week on iran's attempt to launch a monkey into space. after catching some backlash, mccain tweeted another message: "lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?" >> pam: developing right now -- police trying to figure out why a man at a texas gun range shot and killed two men. one of the victims was a navy seal. -- at this hour a suspect is behind bars. former navy seal chris kyle known for his record n
just wanted to add, one pass naturing thing. president obama has been clear to say, look, i spent too much time playing the inside game in my first four years. we're going to go out to the american public and sell these policies. now, everybody thinks, oh, he is going to put pressure on republicans, and he will. there are lots of democrats that don't love the idea of this kind of end run that he is going to kind of bypass congress and use the american people to leverage congress. there's lots of democrats who that sentiment doesn't sit all that well with, and kelly is right. look, this is an straix. it's not unique. it's an administration that there's been plenty of grumbling about that president obama has not spent muff time courting them, that he doesn't care about them. he was very briefly a member of congress and it's not a priority. i think some of that just goes with the territory. that theenz democrats too as well as republicans. >> chris, kelly, thank you both very much. >>> immigration reform, joining me now, one of the lawmakers who took part in today's congressional hearing
into president obama's use of drone strikes against american citizens and defenders of civil liberties are sounding the alarm. they believe it's way too easy for suspected american terrorists overseas to land on the president's kill list. it's time for a debate here in "the situation room." we're joined by two guests. cliff may is the president of the foundation for the defense of democracies. congressman keith ellison is a democrat of minnesota. gentleman, thanks to both of you for coming in. >> thank you. >> let me read from this justice department memo that was leaked. this is out there. "the condition that an operational leader presents an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states does not require the united states to have clear evidence that a specific attack on u.s. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future." is that okay with you? >> you know, it really bends the definition of what "imminent" actually means. i do agree with the use of the word imminent. but i think imminent means close proximity in time to the attack. and that the person has
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